Advanced Projects Advisor (Climate Protection Program)

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Environmental, Urban Design

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The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District) is a regional government agency, committed to achieving clean air to protect the public's health and the environment. The Air District accomplishes this goal through regulation of industrial facilities and various outreach and incentive programs designed to encourage clean air choices. The Air District's jurisdiction encompasses all of seven counties - Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Napa, and portions of two others - southwestern Solano and southern Sonoma. The Air District is recruiting for the position of Advanced Projects Advisor (Climate Protection Program) in the Planning & Climate Protection Division. This is a full-time, represented position. There is one (1) vacancy. The Planning and Climate Protection Division is responsible for preparing plans to meet state and federal air quality standards and assisting local communities, cities and counties, and regional agencies improve air quality and advance climate protection efforts. In addition to working with the region’s local governments on local climate action planning, Division staff work with the most impacted and overburdened communities in the Bay Area to reduce local air pollution and improve health outcomes. Division staff also work collaboratively to integrate air quality, health and climate protection into local and regional air quality plans, projects, and programs. The Division is responsible for the Air District’s California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) air quality and greenhouse gas thresholds of significance and for developing and keeping current data, tools and guidelines to assist lead agencies in completing project and plan air quality and greenhouse gases CEQA analyses. DEFINITION Under management direction, the Advanced Projects Advisor performs complex technical, policy and administrative support to the Air District, conducts specialized studies and projects, serves as the Air District's liaison with other agencies and the public, and performs related work as assigned. This position supports the Air District's Climate Protection Program. DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS Incumbents provide direction and perform difficult and complex technical and administrative work in a variety of areas for the District. Incumbents perform project-oriented assignments requiring considerable professional knowledge and significant independent action and judgement. Incumbents may represent the District in strategic situations and speak with the authority of the District. Supervision of others may be assigned to this classification for special projects for a limited duration. ABOUT YOU IN THIS POSITION Are you motivated to help San Francisco Bay Area local governments and communities develop and implement climate action plans, projects and policies that aggressively reduce greenhouse gas emissions while serving community needs? Do you enjoy creating visionary programs and leading teams that have a tangible impact on residents’ health? Are you energized by taking on new challenges and developing collaborative approaches to meeting them? If the answer is yes, the Climate Protection Team is looking for you! Our team develops the strategic direction for the Air District’s climate protection efforts to accelerate the reduction of GHG emissions throughout the Bay Area. This includes coordinating policy work with state, regional and local agencies, and engaging with communities. As an Advanced Projects Advisor, you will be a thought leader using innovation and creativity to provide direction to much of the planning-related work. The cornerstone of the Air District’s climate work is supporting local implementation of greenhouse gas reduction programs, policies and planning. Our Climate Team delivers this support through a variety of programs, including policy work in all economic sectors and support of climate action and land use planning. You will perform high-level support and, at times, co-leadership and management of critical projects and programs, which may include: the Air District’s work implementing its Zero NOx Building Appliance Rules, including the multi-stakeholder Implementation Working Group; the Air District’s coordination of the Bay Area Regional Climate Action Plan initiative; implementing elements of the Local Government Support Program; leading CEQA and Climate Action Plan review and commenting. To be successful in this role, you must be a strong team player who is able to adapt to changing circumstances and priorities. You are a proactive, go-getting self-starter able to work successfully with limited guidance. You have strong problem-solving skills – you pay attention to details but don’t get lost in them. You have very strong communication skills – both written and verbal – and use them to build relationships between the Air District and other agencies to advance critical policies. Examples of Duties for this Position EXAMPLES OF DUTIES (Illustrative Only) Assists in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards for the division. Provides technical, policy and administrative assistance for the Climate Protection Program. Coordinates or provides a lead role in developing new projects and programs. Conducts complex and specialized studies involving technical, administrative and policy matters; prepares and presents reports of findings. Supports integration of climate protection and air quality/health programs. Provides assistance to the Air District and its executive and management staff in technical, policy and administrative matters. Represents the Air District with industry, governmental agencies, regulatory agencies, community groups and the public for a variety of purposes; speaks with the authority of the Air District when so assigned. Prepares requests for proposals and monitors contractors' activities. Tracks, reviews and analyzes current and proposed policies, regulations and legislation; notifies the District of significant activities and implications. Writes, compiles and coordinates a variety of technical, policy and administrative reports. Analyzes concepts, technological developments and industrial procedures related to greenhouse gas mitigation and recommends courses of action.

Required Skills / Experience / Education

Minimum Qualifications Education and Experience: A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills is: Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university with major coursework in regional, urban, transportation or environmental planning, environmental studies, engineering, or public administration or a closely related field and three years of experience in air quality management (including climate protection). *Environmental science, ecology, natural resource management or policy are considered a closely related field. Professional experience in public policy, planning, environmental science or natural resources management is desirable. Experience in climate protection planning and/or GHG mitigation, and economic analysis is desirable. Experience in leading community and/or multi-stakeholder engagement is desirable.

US Citizenship Required?


Will security clearance be required?


Salary Range

$132,600.85 - $161,177.16 Annually

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Permanent Full-Time



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Location Address

375 Beale Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, California

Contact Information

Hiring Contact Name

Nunu Phengphanh


[email protected]

Phone Number

(415) 749-4980